Sunday, 15 May 2011


NBC unveiled today its 2011-2012 Primetime Schedule and its new dramas.

Produced by Brian Grazer's Imagine Television and 20th Century Fox Television, THE PLAYBOY CLUB is set in 1963 around the first Playboy Club in Chicago. Preceded by the aura of fantasies attributed to the Playboy name and the cast's nudity contract clause, the show focuses on Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian), a high-profile attorney with ties to the mob.

Dalton helps new Playboy bunny Maureen (Amber Heard), who has accidentally killed the boss of the Bianchi crime family. Apparently NBC wants its Mad Men, but it's NBC and AMC's drama makes your humble servant sleep. Also you must buy the idea of Eddie Cibrian as Mr Lucky's brother.

PRIME SUSPECT is the stateside adaptation of the namesake Brit classic from ITV (1991-2006), which starred Helen Mirren as DCI Jane Tennison. Tennison becomes Detective Jane Timoney in America and is played by Maria Bello. It is produced by Film 44, ITV Studios and Universal Media Studios. CBS's The Good Wife is not even an excuse for that.

David Guintoli stars in GRIMM as a homicide detective whose aunt reveals to him they are descendants of an elite group of hunters, also known as "Grimms". This group fights "to keep the balance of humanity safe from the supernatural creatures of the world" because Grimm Brothers's fairy tales were real (puh-lease!) Special Unit 2 meets ITV's Demons? One of the execs is David Greenwalt (Angel) so they must be represented by Wolfram & Hart. Brr...

Arriving mid-season in 2012, THE FIRM is based on the 1993 feature film (starring Tom Cruise) and the best-selling novel by John Grisham. Remember the TV series adapted from The Client, another Grisham best-seller? We should... Oh, could someone do The Devil's Advocate instead?

AWAKE stars the talented Jason Issacs as Detective Michael Britten. Britten regains consciousness following his family's car accident and is told that his wife Hannah (Laura Allen) perished but that his teen son, Rex (Dylan Minnette), has survived. As he tries to put the pieces of his life back together, he awakens again in a parallel reality in which his wife is very much alive but his son died in the accident.

In order to keep both of his loved ones alive at one time, he starts living two dueling realities in parallel worlds while here turns to police work and solves crimes in both worlds with the help of two different partners. Then, he meets the characters from Fringe and in alternate universe where your humble servant thinks Awake is really a good idea.

Centered on a desire to create a Broadway musical Marilyn Monroe, SMASH (another mid-season show) basically looks like Glee. Which tells all, no?


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